Stephanie Casey Pierce

Knoxville, TN Undergraduate Institution and Major:
Centre College – Bachelor of Science in Psychology, May 2003

Graduate Institution and Degree:
Georgetown University – Master of Public Policy, May 2006

Relevant Professional Experience:
Strategic Planning & Policy Analyst, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Director of Homeownership Preservation, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Outreach Director, Ohio Department of Commerce
Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices

Research Interests:
Broadly, I am interested in the ways in which social and economic inequality are affected by public policy, how policy decisions influence the social and economic landscape, and how outcomes from social programs may be impacted by policy design, politics, implementation, and management. My research in economic inequality has focused on racial disparities in the subprime mortgage market, best practices in state-level foreclosure prevention policy, evaluating the federal Hardest-Hit Fund foreclosure prevention program, and analyzing the impact of foreclosures on housing prices using a geographic spatial analysis methods. My second line of research concerns the causes of and policy strategies for preventing homelessness. I am interested in the ways in which housing instability relates to evictions, incarceration, affordable housing, mental health and addiction, personal networks, and public institutions. I am also interested in policy diffusion, implementation, and how policy design both affects outcomes of and is influenced by target populations.

Research Affiliations:
Office of Affordable Housing Research (Ohio Housing Finance Agency)

Funded Appointments:
Instructor of Record – Writing and Communications in Public Affairs

Teaching Assistant – Writing and Communications in Public Affairs; State and Local Public Finance

Research Assistant – How Housing Matters to Families and Communities Initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, evaluation of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest-Hit Fund foreclosure prevention program, through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Affordable Housing Research.

Research Assistant – Evaluation of the LIFT-UP Financial Empowerment Program, through the National League of Cities.

Selected Conference Presentations:
“Can Residential Mobility Predict Recidivism?” Presented at the American Society of Criminology 72nd Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA: November 2016

“Can Residential Mobility Predict Recidivism?” Presented at the Criminal Justice Research Institute. Columbus, OH: November 2016

“Exploring Housing Instability and Recidivism Among Ohio Prisoners.” Presented at the Midwestern Public Affairs Conference. Columbus, OH: May 2016

Selected Publications:
Stephanie Casey Pierce, Bryan Grady, and Holly Holtzen. 2016. “Daybreak, Inc. Impact Evaluation and Roadmap to Youth Housing Final Report.” Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

Emerging Trends: State Actions to Tackle the Foreclosure Crisis, NGA Center report, Feb 2009

Arts & the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development, NGA Center report, Jan 2009

Promoting Film and Media to Enhance State Economic Development, NGA Center Issue Brief, Jul 2008

State Strategies to Address Foreclosures, NGA Center Issue Brief, Sep 2007

Racial Disparities in Subprime Home Mortgage Lending: Can the Difference Be Explained by Economic Factors?, Master’s Thesis, Georgetown University, Apr 2006

Works in Progress:
Daybreak: Evaluation of a Homeless Youth Transitional Housing Program. With Bryan Grady and Holly Holtzen.

Can Residential Mobility Predict Recidivism? With Robert Greenbaum and Paul Bellair.

Recent Academic Service Activities:
Co-Organizer, 2018 Real Estate and Housing Doctoral Student Conference
Service Chair, John Glenn College Doctoral Student Organization, 2017-2018

Recent Academic Honors & Awards:
Criminal Justice Research Institute, Fall 2016

Professional Affiliations:
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
Ohio State University Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC)
American Society of Criminology (ASC)

Research Advisors:
Stephanie Moulton
Robert Greenbaum
Paul Bellair

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